With all the communities floating around the web today, it can be quite difficult and a bit overwhelming to keep up with all the activity. I know that I can’t always keep up with what’s going on in every community, but there are a few tools that I use to keep me updated and participating. Here’s a short list of some tools:
Probably your best friend when it comes to staying updated to what’s going on around the web. RSS makes it easy to see, at a glance, what people are blogging, tweeting, and submitting to various social media outlets.
Keep in mind, you’ll need a good RSS Reader. I use the Feed Sidebar addon for Firefox, but there are many other great plugins and online tools to be considered.
If you’re a Firefox user, you have more tools at your disposal for staying in the game than most. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of addons available for the different communities around the web. Using these tools, it makes it less time consuming to participate, as you may not even have to visit the web site you’re participating with.
Here are a few Addons to check out:
StumbleUpon Toolbar – Essential to using StumbleUpon.
Mahalo Share – Suggest search results to Mahalo, and share those results with many different online communities.
Shareaholic – Shareaholic is an Addon that I recently discovered when I switched to Firefox 3rc1. It supports: digg, del.icio.us, facebook, foxiewire, friendfeed, google bookmarks, google reader, healthranker, magnolia, mixx, reddit, simpy, stumbleupon, streakr, truemors, tumblr, twitter, bzzster, etc. Probably the most useful tool in your arsenal.
TwitterFox – My choice of Twitter addons, but there are many others you can use.
Those are just a few I suggest giving a go, keep in mind there are many, many more that you can use.
Last on this short list, FriendFeed. I just recently started using FriendFeed a week or so ago, and it’s turning out to be one of the most useful resources available to me. Not only can I track what my friends are up to via their FriendFeed accounts, I can add “imaginary friends” to keep track of various other people who may not be a member of FriendFeed. If you’re looking to stay in the game, and socialize with people, FriendFeed is invaluable.
What are some of the tools you use to stay up to date with your communities?